Full Mouth Reconstruction

When an individual needs their entire set of teeth replaced or restored, it is often referred to as full mouth reconstruction or full mouth restoration. Full mouth reconstruction usually involves more than one procedure in order to complete the process. A prosthodontist and collaborating cosmetic dentists must consider the teeth, gums, bite, facial contours, and jawbone while creating a treatment plan.

Combining Prosthodontic & Cosmetic Dentistry

At Smile Design Studio of Bethesda, prosthodontist Dr. Michael Wright works closely with cosmetic dentists Drs. Treva Willis and Maria Wright to create a treatment plan that transforms patients’ smiles and restores their teeth to full function and comfort.

Dr. Wright went through three additional years of rigorous training beyond dental school to become a prosthodontist. His training and additional experience in our practice ensure every full mouth reconstruction yields successful results. Our cosmetic dentists work closely with Dr. Wright, considering every aspect of the patient’s speech, joint function, jawbone structure, chewing ability, and aesthetic goals.

Artistic Dentistry on Your Terms

Full mouth reconstruction can be performed on natural teeth, utilize dental implants, and use both. The key to a natural look and feel is an artistic approach, considering how implants or crowns will work with your remaining teeth. Cosmetic work on your natural teeth is also often part of the equation. The result is a set of teeth in harmony with your bone structure and facial features.

Full mouth restoration takes time and often requires more than one procedure. A treatment plan, including an estimated timeline, is reviewed with you at your initial consultation. Our dentists and prosthodontist create a detailed plan based on a thorough examination and digital imaging of the mouth. We work around your schedule to avoid interfering with your family and work life.

Full Mouth Reconstruction FAQs

Who Needs Full Mouth Restoration?

There are many reasons to get a full mouth restoration, including loss of most of your teeth or severe damage and decay to most of your teeth. These issues are often the result of trauma to the mouth or advanced gum disease and decay. Congenital defects, jaw misalignment, and worn teeth due to bruxism or acid reflux (GERD) often require full mouth reconstruction. A few common problems that can be corrected with a full mouth restoration include:

  • Missing teeth
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Severely worn teeth
  • Acid erosion due to GERD or eating disorders
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism
  • Headaches or jaw pain due to bite issues
  • Severely stained or discolored teeth
  • Problems with unsuccessful root canals

If you have had individual restorations in the past but now have other teeth needing rehabilitation, consulting with a prosthodontist to discuss complete rehabilitation is an excellent idea. Over time, individual restorations, such as a crown, may need replacing. Each time, the crowns may contribute to an increasingly closed bite, prematurely aging your appearance. Choosing a more comprehensive approach with full mouth reconstruction ensures beautiful, healthy results that do not age your appearance.

What are the Benefits of Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Each full mouth reconstruction is carefully designed to meet the individual patient’s needs. As a result, the benefits vary from person to person, but some of the most common benefits include the following:

  • Improved comfort
  • Improved ability to chew, speak, and eat
  • Protection of teeth from additional damage
  • Reduced risk of gum disease
  • Support of facial structure
  • A customized smile you will be proud to share with others
  • Confidence and improved self-esteem

What Procedures are Used for Full Mouth Reconstruction?

It depends on what works best for you. Dr. Wright will review your medical history, discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine which procedures will provide the best results. These may include:

  • Crowns, dental bridges, or other restorations
  • Dental implants
  • Bone grafting
  • Aligners or braces
  • Gum shaping
  • Crown lengthening
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Oral surgery

Our doctors collaborate with orthodontists, oral surgeons, and other dental professionals whenever needed to complete your restoration.

How Long Does a Full Mouth Reconstruction Take?

It depends on how much work needs to be done, the complexity of each procedure, and your overall health. For many patients, the process takes several months to a year. We will review the timeline with you at an initial consultation.

How Long Does a Full Mouth Restoration Last?

Your restoration should last a lifetime with proper care, including daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups.

Is Full Mouth Reconstruction the Same as a Smile Makeover?

No. Full mouth reconstruction is needed to restore function and improve your oral health. A smile makeover focuses on enhancing the look of your teeth and gums but is not necessary for good health or oral function. There are aesthetic benefits, but they are not the primary reason for full mouth rehabilitation.

Will My Insurance Cover Full Mouth Reconstruction?

It depends. Most dental insurance covers reconstructive work if it is medically necessary. Cosmetic procedures generally are not covered. Talk to your insurance provider to find out what portion of your restoration may be covered.

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